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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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(850) 245-0413

Florida College System Tops National Report for Seventh Year in a Row
~ Lasting commitment to open door policy helps nearly 50,000 students earn associate degrees ~

TALLAHASSEE – For the seventh year in a row, several Florida colleges rank among the top producers of associate degrees in the United States. According to Community College Week’s annual Top 100 report conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Florida institutions lead America’s more than 1,200 community colleges in an array of degree categories.

“Florida’s colleges are helping to prepare our workforce for the demands of today’s economy, and it’s no surprise they continue to top national charts,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I could not be more proud of a state college system that works so cohesively to better the lives of the students that pass through its doors, and I look forward to maintaining the commitment to access again next year.”

Degrees awarded during the 2007-08 academic year were compiled for the 2009 Top 100 report through the NCES Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set’s Completion Survey. Degrees are defined as Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees conferred during the 2007-08 academic year. With 49,354 degrees awarded last year, Florida colleges lead in the following categories.

  • Total Associate Degrees
  • Number of Associate Degrees awarded to minorities
  • Degrees awarded to African-American students
  • Health Professions and Related Sciences Degrees
  • Nursing, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Students and Humanities Degrees

To view Community College Week’s annual Top 100 report for a list of Florida institutions and their national rankings, visit